Universal teacher classroom management practices
Local governments can invest in this strategy using State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFRF) from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).
- This strategy can help address educational disparities. The U.S. Department of Treasury has indicated that strategies that help achieve this outcome are eligible for the use of Fiscal Recovery Funds.
- Investments in this strategy are SLFRF-eligible as long as they are made in qualified census tracts or are designed to assist populations or communities disproportionately impacted by COVID-19.
- Involve comprehensive training for K-12 teachers designed to teach prosocial behaviors in order to reduce or prevent inappropriate or aggressive student behavior
- Teachers and faculty groups are trained in classroom organization, lesson planning, classroom rules and routines, encouraging student accountability and reinforcing positive behavior
- Issue Areas
School climate and student behavior
- Target Population
All school-aged children
- Cost per Participant
Evidence and impacts
Ranked as having the highest level of evidence by the National Institute of Justice
- Lowered inappropriate and aggressive behavior
Best practices in implementation
- Design the classroom space to minimize potential distractions, and create clear rules and routines around the use of classroom activities.
- Removing students from classrooms for bad behavior creates a negative feedback loop, in which the student is rewarded by escaping a task they don’t want to confront. Train teachers to resolve problem behavior before it requires removal.
- Provide robust teacher training in the classroom management techniques, using concrete real-classroom examples alongside theoretical frameworks.
- Use repeat teacher evaluations to identify teachers who need additional classroom management training.